Scottish Executive and SEPA launch Scotland’s own Floodline
With the aid of £2 million funding, the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) have launched a telephone helpline to advise people living in the region of potential floods and to give guidance on what actions they should take.
The new Scottish Floodline is similar to that already established in England and Wales, run by the Environment Agency (see related story), and will operate 24 hours a day every day of the year. The funding for the service has provided equipment and staff resources at a new communications centre in Perth, which will also be used by SEPA in the event of any major environmental incident that requires a co-ordinating base.
“The Executive – working in partnership with SEPA – has invested £2 million in this major initiative to ensure that the people of Scotland are better informed about the risk of flooding to their homes and businesses,” said Environment and Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie.
“I know that the danger of flooding is distressing to those who live in flood prone areas,” said Finnie. “The Scottish Floodline service will be available 24 hours a day every day, giving information about potential flooding and reassurance when flooding is unlikely.”
The telephone number for the Floodline is: 0845 988 1188, and is charged at the local rate.